The World Bank has classified the economies of the world on the basis of income and region for the year 2006. This is a classification of all the member countries of the and other economies with populations more than 30,000. The groups made are as follows:
Lower Income Economies (with $825 or less)
Lower Middle Income Economies (With $826-3,255)
Upper Middle Income Economies (With $3,256-10,065) and
High Income Economies (With $10,066 or More)
Classification is made among the income groups as to 2004 GNI per capita and regions by using the World Bank Atlas Method.
The ASEAN Economic Community, planned to come into effect in 2015, is expected to liberalise goods, capital and skilled labour flows in the ASEAN region. While there has been considerable progress in the area of trade integration, financial integration still lags behind. The ASEAN Banking Integration Framework, which aims to liberalise the banking market by 2020, could help pave the way for further integration and the entry of ASEAN banks into regional banking markets.
Greater banking integration in ASEAN will benefit the region.
Nouriel Roubini, a.k.a. “Doctor Doom”, is chairman of Roubini Global Economics and professor of economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Roubini has been consistently cited as one of the world’s top global thinkers. This year, he was voted as the most influential economist in the world by Forbes magazine.
Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. IMF’s Chief Economist from September 2003 to January 2007. Inaugural recipient of the Fischer Black Prize.
Andrea Edwards has worked in marketing and communications all over the globe for 20 years, and is now focused on her passion – writing. A gifted communicator, strategist, writer and avid blogger, Andrea is Managing Director of SAJE, a digital communications agency, and The Writers Shop – a regional collaboration between the best business writers in Asia Pacific